California The Latest State To Re-Instate Coronavirus-Related Restrictions

( With coronavirus cases rising rapidly, California became the latest state to roll back restrictions.

Over the weekend, Governor Gavin Newsome closed bars and nightspots that were open in seven counties throughout the state, including Los Angeles County. He also recommended that eight other counties close bars and other related businesses on their own.

All bars, pubs or breweries that sell alcohol without also selling food at the same time must be closed immediately under Newsom’s order. Places that do serve food and alcohol will be under stricter rules for dine-in customers, and will be urged to focus more on patio and/or takeout service.

In a written statement, Newsom said:

“COVID-19 is still circulating in California, and in some parts of the state, growing stronger. That’s why it is critical we take this step to limit the spread of the virus in the counties that are seeing the biggest increases.”

Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles tweeted that he supported the order:

“As we started reopening more businesses, we cautioned that we may need to change course to protect public health from this deadly virus. I support @CAGovernor’s order to close bars in L.A. County and other counties to limit the spread of COVID-19.”

Newsom chose the counties to be included in his order based on daily reports of the spread of coronavirus. Those counties on a watchlist created by the state for three to 14 days are being asked to close bars. Those that have been on the watchlist for more than 14 days are being ordered to close them.

As Dr. Sonia Angell, California’s public health director, said in the written statement:

“We are actively monitoring COVID-19 across the state and working closely with counties where there are increased rates and concerning patterns of transmission. Closing bars in these counties is one of a number of targeted actions counties are implementing across our state to slow the virus’ spread and reduce risk.”

California is now one of 12 states that have either paused or rolled back their re-opening plans in an effort to contain the spread of the virus. Texas also closed bars and limited indoor dining last week. Florida closed public beaches in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach, as well as suspended alcohol consumption in bars across the state.

In Washington state, counties that were supposed to enter the fourth phase of re-opening — where all restrictions would essentially be removed — are now halting that plan, according to Governor Jay Inslee. In a recent statement, he said:

“We all want to get back to doing all the things we love in Washington during the summer, and fully open our economy, but we aren’t there yet. This is an evolving situation, and we will continue to make decisions based on the data.”

What the data is showing right now, according to Johns Hopkins University, is that 31 states are seeing increases in new coronavirus cases when compared to the previous week. Fifteen states are seeing their data hold steady, while only four — Delaware, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island — are seeing a decrease.